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Do COVID-Related Delays in Arresting a Defendant Violate Speedy Trial Rights?

By Joshi Law Firm, PA |

The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees every criminal defendant the right to a “speedy trial.” The difficulty is that the Sixth Amendment itself never defines “speedy.” Over the years, Congress and the federal courts have developed certain laws and tests to help define the right to a speedy trial more precisely…. Read More »

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When Can Florida Police Make a Misdemeanor Arrest Without a Warrant?

By Joshi Law Firm, PA |

Under Florida law, a police officer can arrest a suspect if that suspect committed a felony or misdemeanor in the officer’s presence. In other words, if an officer sees you committing what appears to be a crime, they do not have to get a warrant before placing you under arrest. Nor does the officer… Read More »

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Does the State Have to Prove the Origin of “Synthetic” Marijuana?

By Joshi Law Firm, PA |

One of the cardinal rules of the Florida criminal justice system is that a prosecutor must prove each element of a charged offense “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Put another way, it is not enough for the state to prove the defendant’s actions might have violated the letter of the law. It must be clear… Read More »

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Can a Police Officer Detain You Based on the “Smell” of Marijuana?

By Joshi Law Firm, PA |

Outside of certain state-approved medical uses, it is illegal to possess marijuana in Florida. Simple possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a fine of $1,000. You can even be charged with possessing “drug paraphernalia” related to the cultivation or use… Read More »

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How Threatening a Witness Can Land You in Serious Trouble in Florida

By Joshi Law Firm, PA |

If you are facing criminal charges in Florida, one of the worst things you can do is attempt to intimidate or threaten a potential witness in your case. Witness tampering is itself a serious felony under both federal and Florida state law. And even if you are not the direct target of a criminal… Read More »

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An Overview of Common Strategies for Defending a Drug Possession Charge in Florida

By Joshi Law Firm, PA |

Drug possession is a serious criminal charge It could be charged as a state level offense or even a felony offense. Depending on the alleged quantity and the specific controlled substance in question, drug possession may be a felony criminal offense. Of course, a charge is not the same thing as a conviction. You… Read More »

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Marijuana Possession Laws In Florida

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Marijuana legalization is a growing trend across the United States, where total cannabis sales increased by 38% in 2021 over the previous year. Some estimate that legal cannabis sales will reach $30 billion in 2022, as more states move to decriminalize and legalize recreational cannabis possession. However, while recreational marijuana is currently legal to… Read More »

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